Tag Archives: animals

A Little Friend

This little friend appeared silently last night on the wall of the sitting room. He was completely unphased by us, occasionally moving slightly, flicking his tail. Two nights previously we saw a baby gecko, about 4cm long. Similar colouring, pale blush pink. Interestingly, the gecko positioned himself above a floor-standing lamp: lying in wait for moths?

gecko1 28-7-15gecko2 28-7-155 to remember
un/a amigo/a – a friend [male/female]
silenciosamente – silently
de vez en cuando – occasionally
ligeramente – slightly
previamente – previously

Wild boar activity

Only one thing could have made this mess: roots dug up, soil unearthed. Wild boar.
The damage. The evidence. Thankfully, nature will repair itself.


The culprit. Fresh hoofprints in the mud. The guilty party who made a series of cozy resting places, beneath sheltered trees.


5 to remember
sólo – only
el desorden – the mess
el danó – the damage
las pruebas – the evidence
el/la culpable – the culprit

The tiniest gecko

I disturbed this guy when I opened the kitchen gate. He ran along the wall and hid behind the wheelie bin. He was only one inch long and the palest of cream colours. Beautiful. the tiniest gecko 25-8-13When I returned with my camera he was still in the same place. After that there followed a small dance of to-ing and fro-ing as he tried to get out of my way and I tried to get a second photograph. I stopped trying, in the end, because I didn’t want to frighten him to death. the gas bottle store 26-8-13A family of geckos lives in our gas bottle store. We have no mains gas here so use huge 35kg tall blue bottles of propano, propane, which are kept in a locked cage. I guess he’s the baby of the family.
5 to remember
lo abrí – I opened it
la puerta de la cocina – kitchen gate
el contenedor de basura con ruedas – wheelie bin
pálido/a – pale
crema – cream [the colour]

A hare not a bunny

When I was a child in East Yorkshire I remember seeing hares, but that was a long time ago. Here in Spain we are used to seeing them in the olive groves. They are shy and nocturnal, we only ever see them in our headlights when driving at night. They are like a rabbit but with longer legs and black-tipped ears, but they run much faster.

[photo: Wikipedia]

[photo: Wikipedia]

5 to remember
la liebre – the hare
el conejo – tje rabbit
la pata – the leg of bird or animal
la oreja – the ear
negro/a – black

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